It is time for fantasy football general managers to swing some last-minute blockbusters!
The trading deadline is this week in many fantasy football leagues. That means it is your last chance to add significant players to your roster, because you know you are not finding any 1,000-yard rushers or receivers on your league’s waiver wire.
The “buy low, sell high” philosophy is a great one to follow when figuring out how to acquire big-time talent for the fantasy stretch run. Trading the players on your team whose values are sky-high and have a chance at falling fast over the last part of the season is the optimum way to pick up premier players who can help you win your league’s championship in December.
Here are three players fantasy owners should deal before their trade deadline.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (QB)
Foles has proven the people who said he could not run Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense as well as Michael Vick due to Foles’ lack of foot speed wrong. The guy has a 16-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and he even ran for 85 yards and a touchdown over his last two starts, so flush that theory down the crapper!
Those are the fantasy owners you want to email or text regarding a possible trade.
Foles is accurate, intelligent and lucky enough to play in an offense where the quarterback can rack up huge chunks of passing yards on big plays downfield. He also has LeSean McCoy as his top tailback and DeSean Jackson as his top target. This all bodes well for him fantasy-wise.
Foles is limited physically, though. He has good pocket presence, but he’s not a scrambler. He has a decent arm but not a rifle. And these monster games he has had in recent weeks have come against Tampa Bay, Oakland, Green Bay and Washington, teams with struggling defenses.
There will be someone who needs a quarterback in your fantasy league at the deadline. Pawn off Foles on that person and get a star QB back or help at running back or wide receiver.
Philadelphia’s remaining schedule is not tough, but it is hard to see Foles putting up premium numbers five more times.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (RB)
Don’t be fooled by Ridley’s 115-yard, two-TD game that happened before New England went on its bye week, or by Ridley’s seven scores over his past five outings. He can be trusted in fantasy football as much as Tony Romo can be trusted to win a playoff game.
With Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola healthy at the same time (for now), the Patriots once again have one of the highest-octane passing attacks in football. Because of this, there will be some weeks when the game plan dictates that the Patriots will pass 50 times and run it 15 when all their passing guns are blazing.
This has happened before when Ridley’s running has been made an afterthought in the offense.
And do not forget that the versatile Shane Vereen returned this past Monday night. He will take touches and time away from Ridley since he can do so many things, especially on third down and when the Patriots are in the hurry-up offense.
One week Ridley will run for 100 yards and a touchdown, and the next he will fumble in the first quarter and get benched.
Trade Ridley while his stock is at its highest point, because Vereen and the passing attack should slice into his fantasy worth.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (RB)
Now that running mate and carry-splitter Jonathan Stewart is finally on the field, Williams’ fantasy value is on life support. Between Stewart, fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton taking touches away from him, Williams is back to being the six-to-nine-carry running back fantasy owners have grown to despise the past couple years.
Since Williams shockingly scored a touchdown two games ago against the San Francisco 49ers and has been decent when he has been featured, maybe you can con another owner in your league into thinking he can be used as a flex option or a backup running back. You never know when Stewart might twist his ankle. He does it more often than Dirk Nowitzki.
Not many players have gotten as raw of a deal as Williams has the past few years. The guy has averaged 4.9 yards per carry over his career and has never averaged fewer than 4.1 yards per carry in any season. He does not look like he has lost a step, and he is still a threat to take it all the way any time he has the ball.
But Williams has not had 200 rushing attempts in a season since 2009.
And even though he is on pace to break the 200-carry plateau this year because he received some extra work while Stewart was out with an ankle injury, his workload will not be the same from here on out.